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anyone try freezing nitro

Old 12-26-2009, 06:11 PM
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Default anyone try freezing nitro

i have half a gallon of blue thunder nitro fuel from my friend, but he
says it might have gone bad.. (oh well its still free fuel)[:'(]

i was told by the lhs that you can freeze it and filter out the water with a sock.. it sounds crazy enough:P

just wanna know if it do try to freeze it will i mess up the fuel which i am eventually going to
use ,cuz i'm to cheap:P and then mess up my engine
Old 12-26-2009, 06:22 PM
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Default RE: anyone try freezing nitro

in theory only the water will freeze.

I wouldn't use a sock though maybe a coffee filter and a cheap plastic funnel.

Honestly I doubt you would mess up the engine maybe someone else might want to comment on that though.
Old 12-26-2009, 06:31 PM
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Default RE: anyone try freezing nitro

The theory is sound. The main reason nitro goes bad is because moisture gets in. If you subject it to freezing temperatures the water should crystalize, making it easy to remove.
Old 12-26-2009, 07:34 PM
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Default RE: anyone try freezing nitro

How old is the nitro? I have seen literally a one year old opened gallon of nitro still run perfectly fine.

If the bottles been tightly shut, the nitro is still good. I dont buy this moisture nonsense talk from LHS guys. Ive seen a year old still work fine, as long as the cap was on tight. Just my personal opinion.
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Default RE: anyone try freezing nitro

the fuel is about half a year but my friend takes it out in the summer to bash and
he told me that his engine is not starting as it used to anymore so he suspects the fuel gone bad
so he gave it to me:P
Old 12-26-2009, 08:23 PM
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Default RE: anyone try freezing nitro

ORIGINAL: IloveMYxt2

If the bottles been tightly shut, the nitro is still good. I dont buy this moisture nonsense talk from LHS guys. Ive seen a year old still work fine, as long as the cap was on tight. Just my personal opinion.

A++++ I was away from airplanes for many, many years. When I got back into them, I used fuel I had from way back then (over 15 years old). It was fine.

(Water won't penatrate a plastic bottle.)
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Default RE: anyone try freezing nitro

methanol is hygroscopic.you can't reverse that by freezing.the atoms need to be separated therefore another chemical reaction must take place.i would ad denatured alcohal to absorb the moisture,nomore than 5% by volume.(no water will not penatrate a bottle,but air molecules will and condense into moisture)
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ORIGINAL: mubus

the fuel is about half a year but my friend takes it out in the summer to bash and
he told me that his engine is not starting as it used to anymore so he suspects the fuel gone bad
so he gave it to me:P
maybe his engine went bad
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wow thats good to know before i actually atempt to freeze it:P
well i guess i just use it to wash my air filter can't let fuel go to waste
Old 12-27-2009, 09:27 PM
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Default RE: anyone try freezing nitro

i just got into nitro, but i keep it in my garage because i don't want another reason for my house to burn down, it gets pretty cold in there in winter, will i have any problems?
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Default RE: anyone try freezing nitro

i keep it outside but i think you have to warm it up inside for it to start easier
depending how cold it is around where u live as well

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